PM Thavisin orders crackdown on illegal pork imports, focuses on major smugglers. Ministries criticized for lack of action. Concerns over assets concealment. Measures to help small farmers in development. Recent seizure and charges filed against smuggling companies. DSI pursuing charges against shipping companies.
Crackdown on Illegal Pork Imports
Prime Minister Srettha Thavisin has directed relevant agencies to put an end to the illegal importation of frozen pork, particularly targeting major smugglers. The Prime Minister emphasized that simply cracking down on small-scale operators will not effectively solve the problem.
Responsibility and Legal Action
The Ministry of Agriculture’s Fisheries, Livestock Development, and Agriculture departments are responsible for suppressing the illegal importation of pork. Criticized for not being tough enough, these agencies have allowed rampant smuggling, especially during the spike in local pork prices earlier this year. The Prime Minister also expressed concerns about major illegal importers potentially concealing their assets to escape seizure if legal action is not taken swiftly.